HBCU Rising

The Orangeburg Massacre 50 Years Later: Remembrances

February 7, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Ty Moody
SC State University Alumni gather for a conversation about the tragic event that occurred on February 8, 1968.

South Carolina State University (SCSU) Alumni gather for a conversation about the tragic event that occurred on February 8, 1968. Fifty years ago, SCSU students started a bonfire on the front of campus which is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As police and...

The Orangeburg Massacre 50 Years On

February 5, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Alfred Turner
Dr. Cleveland Sellers

On Feb 8, 1968, three South Carolina State College students were killed and 27 others were wounded by State Highway Patrolmen. Civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers and Journalist Jack Bass reflect on the events which many consider a stain on South Carolina's reputation...

Voorhees College

January 26, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising
Vorhees College

The present Voorhees College campus and buildings date from 1905 to the mid-1930s, and is itself a pioneer in higher education for African Americans in the area. Founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute, was a young black woman in her early twenties...

Morris College

January 26, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising
Morris College

Morris College was founded in 1908 by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina to provide educational opportunities for Negro students in response to the historical denial of access to the existing educational system. Today, under the continued...

SCETV's Tell Them We Are Rising Screenings

January 25, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Amy Shumaker
African American middle class family from 1950s.

Through a collaboration between public media stations and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Firelight Films and South Carolina ETV will present several screenings of the latest film from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director, Stanley Nelson, Tell Them...

Allen University

January 4, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising
Allen University

Allen University, which was founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was named in honor of Richard Allen, founder of the denomination. Established four years after the University of South Carolina was closed to African Americans, Allen helped fill a...

South Carolina State University

January 4, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising
SC State University

South Carolina State University was founded in 1896 as the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural, & Mechanical College of S.C., with its origins in the Morrill Land Grant Acts of 1862 and 1890, providing for land-grant colleges. Intended "for the best education of...

Claflin University

January 4, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising
Claflin University

Claflin College, founded in 1869 as Claflin University, is the oldest historically black college in S.C. and was established to "advance the cause of education, and maintain a first-class institution ... open to all without distinction of race or color." It was named for...

Benedict College

January 4, 2018 - Posted in HBCU Rising
Benedict College

Benedict Institute was founded in 1870 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society to provide education for freedmen and their children. The school was named for Stephen Benedict, an abolitionist from Rhode Island who left money to the Society at his death. Established to...

The Reverend Jesse Jackson

October 26, 2017 - Posted in HBCU Rising by Jackie Johnson
Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Living under Jim Crow segregation laws, Jackson was taught to go to the back of the bus and use separate water fountains, practices he says he accepted until the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. He attended the racially...